May 7 – August 15 1993
In 1993, the New Museum presented the sculptural works of artist Kazumi Tanaka in the Museum ‘s WorkSpace gallery. In her sculpture, Tanaka explored personal memories of Japan while also reflecting on the cultural differences and complexities of living in the Western world. With meticulous craftsmanship, Tanaka combined fragile materials such as wood, paper, and bamboo to create small, intimate works that address her personal, cross-cultural experiences.
Tanaka’s slow and intricate process of fabrication is significant in terms of her stories. Her working process is akin to keeping a journal or diary, filled with thoughts of everyday dreams and activities. Tanaka’s craftsmanship is a vehicle for poetic ruminations that reflect the artist’s memory. Her stories are autobiographical and profoundly simple. From differences in eating habits to the sound of the rain, Tanaka’s sculptures tell humble anecdotes that connect two cultures through one person.